Up to 50 jobs up for grabs at BT apprentice assessment week

Up to 50 new apprenticeship roles are available with BT, as the company prepares to hold its first ever assessment week at Adastral Park.

The tech firm is keen to build a thriving community of apprentices at its research and innovation centre at Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich, and is encouraging local people to apply for the new initiative.

It will take place between Wednesday, 21 August and Friday, 23 August, with candidates only required to attend on one day. Those who are successful will be offered paid, BT degree-apprenticeship positions with the cost of their degree also funded by the company.

Lisa Perkins, Adastral Park & research realisation director for BT, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for local people to take the first steps towards an exciting and rewarding career in the technology world with BT.

“We have up to 50 paid apprenticeship roles available, ranging from working on the UK’s biggest and fastest mobile network, EE, to learning how to deliver brilliant software to provide an effortless experience for BT customers and people. What’s even more amazing about this opportunity is that we will also fund the full cost of studying towards a recognised degree qualification linked to the role.

“This event is taking place a week after students receive their A-level results so if you are no longer thinking about University this may be the perfect alternative.”

During the event, candidates will get the opportunity to complete their application, which includes an online test and assessment. The potential recruits will also meet current BT apprentices to hear their experiences as well as get a behind-the-scenes tour of BT’s global research and innovation facilities.

Ms Perkins added: “Even for those who aren’t successful, the assessment days will be a great experience and give people confidence and the opportunity to find out more about careers in this field.

“There is no age restriction on enrolling in the assessment week as we encourage people of all ages to apply for the roles on offer.”

Starting salaries for apprenticeship roles with BT are around £16,149 with potential average salary on completion of apprenticeship between £35,000 - £39,000 depending on level and performance.

To find out more and how to apply click here and select ‘Ipswich ONLY’ option.

Adastral Park is home to BT’s innovation labs and Innovation Martlesham – an established and growing cluster of over 100 high-tech ICT companies. BT employs around 3,500 people at the site and leads innovations and research in areas such as optical fibre and next-generation broadband, 5G mobile technologies, artificial intelligence, security and the future of TV. Last year BT spent around £510 million on research and development and over the last decade the company has been one of the largest investors in R&D both in the UK, and globally in the telecoms sector.

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of four customer-facing units: Consumer, Enterprise, Global and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2019, BT Group’s reported revenue was £23,428m with reported profit before taxation of £2,666m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.